05/17/2012 04:42 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

REPLY ALL: Michael J. Fox On His Worst Fear, The Best Advice He's Received, And His Secret Dream

Marlo Thomas checks in with the beloved TV and movie star turned philanthropist.

If you could write a personal slogan that you live by, what would it be?

If you focus on the worst case scenario—and it happens—then you’ve lived it twice.

If you hadn’t become what you are now, what would your fallback profession have been?

I like to think I’d be a high school teacher. English and/or drama

What profession or job would you never want to do?


How would you describe yourself in high school?

Five feet tall with my head in the clouds

Who or what always makes you laugh?

Esmé, our youngest

What is your greatest fear?

Being separated from my family at a moment of crisis

What gives you goosebumps?

A perfect acting performance—Meryl Streep in "Sophie’s Choice"—Jack Nicholson in "Chinatown"

What's the most useless piece of advice you've ever received?

Golf instructors have told me repeatedly "stay still over the ball".

What is always by your bedside?

One novel and one non-fiction book

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Seeing Tracy, the kids and the dogs

Name three films you love.
"Local Hero"
"Breaking Away"

What are you obsessed with?

"Staying still over the ball"

Which of the seven deadly sins is your favorite?

Have to be LUST

What is always in your refrigerator?

HP (English brown sauce)

What makes you want to throw the remote at your TV set?

Fox news

What do you find sexy? What turns you on?

My wife on the beach…and not on the beach

What is the sexiest thing about you?

I don’t know…my chi?

What do you remember most about your first kiss?

In the woods by the school, fifth grade, S.M., long silky black hair—terrifying

What’s the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?

Sitting next to Princess Diana at the Royal Premiere of Back to the Future—and having to pee the whole time

If you were a stripper, what would you choose for your stage name?

Mike Fox.

What specific food will you never, ever, develop a taste for?


What would really surprise people to know about you?

I’m an introvert

What is your secret dream?

To visit the 7 wonders of the world

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